Seniors Ryan Holland (152) and Rudy Ngougni (220) and sophomore Mervin Mancia are undefeated in eight bouts, all of them pins, for the Montgomery Blair Blazers, who are off to an 8-0 start in dual meets under second-year coach Tim Grover.
Holland was fourth at counties and states and third at regions, and Ngougni, fourth at counties and third at regions for the Blazers, whose biggest county victories were over Clarksburg, 35-29, and, Quince Orchard, 36-30.
Mancia has decked Walter Johnson senior Leo Saucedo and Clarksburg junior Austin Smith. Saucedo was county runner-up and third at regions, Smith went 24-10 at 220 last season, and Mancia, 13-12.
“Our best performances of the season so far were probably against Walter Johnson and River Hill [Howard County]. We beat WJ, 53-16, on December 6 and River Hill, 42-19, on December 21. Last year WJ beat us, 52-18, and River Hill beat us, 49-17, and we all brought back similar teams this year,” said Grover, whose Blazers were 16-5 last year and 9-12 two seasons ago.